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Final Burn Legends 1.0

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Final Burn Legends 1.0

 

This is a port of Final Burn Alpha 2.99.07 to the Xbox. It also includes

parts of FBA-XXX Pro 1.29. The reason I developed this port was so that

I could play Thunder Blade, Galaxy Force 2, Turbo Outrun, and After

Burner 2 on the Xbox. However, it developed into much more

than that. Source code is included.

 

It features:

 

-Support for over 2700 games. Some games are not playable anywhere else

on the Xbox. It also has an excellent Sega Genesis emulator. Many

Genesis games play perfectly.

 

-Fullspeed emulation (even with software filters in HD) for CPS1, CPS2,

NeoGeo, Cave, Konami, and many other games.

 

-Hiscore support for most games.

 

-SRAM support for Sega Genesis games.

 

-Built in cheat database. Nearly all games have cheats (not just CPS1

and CPS2). This includes support for multi byte cheats. EEPROM cheats

do not work.

 

-Built in Help system with information about the emulator, FAQ, and the

controls.

 

-Per game ini files. Setting options in the GUI are global settings.

Once a setting is changed in the emulation menu, then those settings are

saved for that game only.

 

-Detailed arcade information. This is the MAME history database. This

can be selected from the in game emulation menu. This includes

information about the game, trivia, tips, etc...

 

-Save states. There are ten savestate slots for each game. There is a

preview generated for each savestate. Some games have issues with

savestates, but most games work fine.

 

-NVRAM support. All changes made through the Arcade settings menu are

saved.

 

-In game menu where the user can configure the controls, video, or other

options. This is accessed by clicking the right analog stick.

 

-Support for all the Xbox partitions and DVD drive. The Drive letters

are (C, E, F, G, X, Y, Z, and R for the DVD-ROM). DVD discs must be

created from XISOs. Otherwise the ROMs will not be found.

 

-Command line support. The first parameter should be the path to the

emulator (E:\games\Final Burn Legends\default.xbe etc...). The second

parameter should be ONLY the name of the rom without the extension (i.e.

sf2). Not sf2.zip. Not E:\games\Final Burn Legends\roms\sf2.zip.

 

-Supports game guides. These are text files that describe a game (found

at www.gamefaqs.com). Try to keep the files at 1MB or less.

 

-Supports the ability to take a screenshot which will then be displayed

in the GUI.

 

-Arcade settings menu. This is where options like DIP switch settings

can be changed.

 

-Hundreds of game filters. A user can display only the games they want.

For example, a user could display only horizontal shooters, or 2D

fighting games, or only CPS1, or only games made by Konami, or only

games made in 1998, etc... The filter categories are:

 

Custom (CPS1, CPS2, CPS1 + CPS2, NeoGeo, CPS1 + CPS2 + NeoGeo, All

others, Cave, Psykio, Cave + Psykio, Megadrive)

Manufacturer

Year

Genre (dozens of sub filters (2D Fighters, 2.5 Fighters, etc...)

 

The Manufacturer, Year, and Genre filter databases are intelligently

built. It only shows possible filters based on the games found. For

example, there will be no 2D Fighters filter if there are no 2D

fighting games found.

 

-Favorites browser (games are added/deleted by selecting a game and

pressing the white button)

 

-Software Filters:

SuperScale

AdvancedMame

HQ2X

Simple2X

Scanlines

2xSaI

Super2xSaI

SuperEagle

SuperScale75

 

-Hardware Filters:

Bilinear

Point

Trilinear

Gaussian Cubic

Anisotropic

 

-Resolutions:

480i

480p

720p

1080i

 

Most games run at 60 FPS regardless of the resolution.

 

-Flicker Filter. This determines how blurry the screen is.

 

-Soften Filter. This determines how blurry the screen is.

 

-The screen can be adjusted during emulation. Each game saves this

information to an ini file.

 

-VSYNC can be turned on or off. Off might provide more accurate

emulation speed for games that do not run at 60 FPS. However, there are

not many that don't run at 60 FPS and it will cause screen tearing.

 

-10x11 pixel aspect ratio for users in 480i/p

 

-Screen rotation. The screen can be rotated up to 360 degrees. This

might be needed for some games.

 

-6 speaker surround sound (however no games output the audio in that

format)

 

-Sample and FM interpolation can be enabled or disabled.

 

-Sound frequencies 11025, 22050, 44100, and 48000.

 

-All 4 controllers supported.

 

-All the buttons can be configured.

 

-Supports turbo for all buttons. There is a turbo speed that can be

adjusted if needed. The higher the number the slower the turbo.

 

-Macro support. Any button combination can be used. These are read from

an ini file and the user can add macros to it. Macros work as follows:

A user would first map the buttons for the game they wanted to use a

macro for. For example, the user might map the 3 punches in Street

Fighter 2 to Xbox B, Y, and Black. The user then would enable the macro

for Xbox B, Y, and Black (B + Y + CK) and assign this macro to an Xbox

button (for example the Xbox right trigger button). Then, when the user

presses the Xbox right trigger, it will actually tell the emulator that

the user pressed the Xbox B, Y, and Black buttons. Since these buttons

are mapped to the three punches, then it will be the same as if they

pressed all three punches at the same time. This simplifies certain

combo moves where the user has to press multiple buttons at once.

 

-The cursor speed can be adjusted. This is the on screen target that is

drawn for shooters like Rail Chase.

 

-Almost all image/text items can be adjusted in the Options menu.

 

-Screenshot previews. It automatically detects when to display

horizontal or vertical screenshots.

 

-It supports up to 8 screenshots per game. These can be cycled by

pressing left/right on the right analog stick in the GUI.

 

-Analog scroll through the ROM list. Press left or right on the DPad to

cycle throguh letters of the alphabet.

 

-Video previews

 

-Dual previews. If the emulator only finds a screenshot, then it

displays the screenshot in single screenshot mode. If it finds a video

and no screenshot it displays the video in single video mode. If it

finds a video and a screenshot then it automatically uses the dual

preview mode where the screenshot and video are displayed side by side.

 

-The main menu supports six different backgrounds and a movie layer.

 

-The game select screen supports independently moving/resizing the game

panel, the selected game panel, the background, and all other items.

This way the user can create a user interface to suit their preference.

 

-Animated logo for the ROM browser and Main Menu screens.

 

-Splash screen

 

-GUI sound effects.

 

-GUI sound effects can be disabled.

 

-Options to scan the ROMs directory. This needs to be done if games are

added, deleted, or the ROM path is changed.

 

-All ROMs match the latest version of FBA 2.99.07. If the game doesn't

work there, it won't work on this port. A dat file is included that can

be used to verify or fix any game. The PC version dat file will not have

all the games the included dat file has.

 

-Three skins are included (one for 480, 720p, and 1080i). If you are

going to use the emulator in HD, then pick one of these skins. It sets

everything up for you.

 

-Skin browser

 

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Notes:

 

-If you reset a game and it doesn't reset, then try it again. Sometimes

reset doesn't take.

 

-The resolution of the screenshots matter. Larger screenshots will slow

down the GUI. An easy way to get only screenshots that Final Burn Legends

supports is to download a complete MAME screenshot set. Put the

screenshot.bat and FBA folder (from the tools folder) in that folder.

Run the screenshot.bat file. It will copy any screenshots that Final

Burn Legends supports to the FBA folder. Then copy those screenshots to

the Xbox.

 

-There are a few games that will only work in 480i/p. I am only aware of

four. If a game runs out of memory in HD, then try it in 480i/p. That

may fix it. 99% of all games work in all resolutions though.

 

-Any time you add, delete, or change a game make sure you re-scan your

ROMs. This is found at Options->Rebuild Game List

 

-There is no CPS3 emulation nor will there be. The Xbox is not fast

enough to emulate these games using Final Burn Alpha.

 

-Sometimes games will crash if invalid cheat codes are enabled. For

example: Don't enable "Always have 7 magic spells" in Golden Axe if the

Dwarf is the character. The Dwarf can never have more than 4. This would

crash the game.

 

-Sometimes games will have corrupt graphics or audio when loading

savestates. Nothing I can do about that.

 

-If a Genesis game says something like "This game was designed for NTSC

or PAL systems only..." then reset the game. That will switch regions.

 

-The default aspect ratio for vertical games is not 100% correct. This

can be fixed by resizing the screen if needed. This only has to be done

once since each game saves the settings to a separate ini file.

 

-If you are going to modify the code and make another release, please

only do so if you can meet the following criteria:

 

1) RELEASE THE SOURCE! Don't take mine or anyone else's work and not

release the source. Everyone should get to benefit and future

developers should be able to improve the code whenever current

development stops.

 

2) Don't take Final Burn Legends, make a few changes, and then call

it something else. Call it Final Burn Legends. Only change the

version number.

 

3) Release it properly through Xbox-Scene. This way, you get the

proper credit and it helps keep the Xbox scene alive.

 

4) I would appreciate it if no one made changes to it while I am

still working on it. I will make it clear when I've stopped.

 

-New skins can be added by following these rules:

 

1) Make sure the new skin has all of the files found in the arcade

skin (i.e. there should be an option.png, mainmenu.png,

rombrowser.png, etc... file). None of the images should be bigger

than the ones provided. Memory is at a premium and larger images

will cause the skin to not display in HD or cause games (like

NeoGeo) not to work.

 

2) Make sure the files are in a folder with the name of the skin

(i.e. if the skin is called "FBA" then all the files should be in

the "skins\FBA" folder)

 

3) Once a user has created the images for the skin and copied them to

the new FBA folder, they can set up the skin through the GUI. The

current GUI settings are saved to ini\FinalBurnLegends.ini. When

the user is satisfied with how the GUI looks, they should copy the

FinalBurnLegends.ini to the new FBA folder and rename it to

FBA.ini.

 

4) The FBA.ini file should have the line FBA where the skin name is

written. Look at arcade1080.ini as an example. About half way

through the file is a line that says "arcade1080". That line would

be replaced with "FBA" (without the quotes) in this example. The

folder name, the ini file, and the name of the skin in the ini file

should all have the same name. Otherwise, the skin won't work.

 

5) Search the ini for the word "Selected" (like GameSelected,

CustomSelected, etc...). Make sure it says the value =0 for any

that are found. If the ini file has GameSelected=1000 and another

user uses your skin and doesn't actually have 1000 games, then

that could cause a crash.

 

5) The skin can then be uploaded to the internet for all to enjoy. A

user would just add the new skin to the skins folder and pick it

from the Options menu.

 

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Compatibility:

 

Most games work perfectly (and at 60 FPS). Most of the ones that don't

work require VM. Some games don't work correctly or at all but that is

rare.

 

If a game does not run at 60 FPS, the first thing to do is

disable software filters. Another option is to run in 480p. Games that

use VM may run better in lower resolutions since there is more RAM.

 

------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

Thanks:

 

Kenshiro (Big thanks to him for the NeoGeo and other VM code). The

NeoGeo compatibility would be much lower without his code.

 

iq_132 for the PGM code and other help

 

Wac0 (Most of the GUI was done by him), Giles9999 (GUI), and anyone who

made a logo

 

Xport, FinalDave, and anyone who worked on any of the FBA PC versions or

Xbox ports.

 

Antirad for the great logo.

 

Anyone I forgot.

 

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Please post any bugs or requests in this thread. Read the FAQ first.

 

What NOT to post (or PM me):

 

-Can you send me the emulator?

-Where can I download the emulator?

-Where can I download ROMs?

-My ROM doesn't work (i.e. I haven’t verified it on the PC).

 

 

What to post:

 

-Any game that gets an "Out of Memory" error. (other than CPS3, PGM,

or D.D. Crew) Please post what resolution you were in.

-Anything that crashes the Xbox

-Anything in the GUI that doesn't work correctly.

-Any requests (not please add <your favorite game here>) Requests are

for GUI features or fixing games (other than CPS3 or PGM games) that

are already supported in the PC version but not in the Xbox port.

 

 

Enjoy

Edited by nes6502

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1) RELEASE THE SOURCE! Don't take mine or anyone else's work and not

release the source. Everyone should get to benefit and future

developers should be able to improve the code whenever current

development stops.

 

Holy shit! That's my philosophy word-for-word!

 

Anyway, stunning work man, nice to see the finished product of all your hard work. :)

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1) RELEASE THE SOURCE! Don't take mine or anyone else's work and not

release the source. Everyone should get to benefit and future

developers should be able to improve the code whenever current

development stops.

 

Holy shit! That's my philosophy word-for-word!

 

Anyway, stunning work man, nice to see the finished product of all your hard work. :)

 

Off topic but does anyone know how to disable the tree view of replies under a post? I'd rather have post displayed in a list page by page. The tree view jumbles it all together by replies to replies to replies etc... I can't figure out how to disable it. Thanks.

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1) RELEASE THE SOURCE! Don't take mine or anyone else's work and not

release the source. Everyone should get to benefit and future

developers should be able to improve the code whenever current

development stops.

 

Holy shit! That's my philosophy word-for-word!

 

Anyway, stunning work man, nice to see the finished product of all your hard work. :)

 

Off topic but does anyone know how to disable the tree view of replies under a post? I'd rather have post displayed in a list page by page. The tree view jumbles it all together by replies to replies to replies etc... I can't figure out how to disable it. Thanks.

 

 

Go to the top post, under the new topic button is an "options" button. It should let you select different views from there.

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1) RELEASE THE SOURCE! Don't take mine or anyone else's work and not

release the source. Everyone should get to benefit and future

developers should be able to improve the code whenever current

development stops.

 

Holy shit! That's my philosophy word-for-word!

 

Anyway, stunning work man, nice to see the finished product of all your hard work. :)

 

Off topic but does anyone know how to disable the tree view of replies under a post? I'd rather have post displayed in a list page by page. The tree view jumbles it all together by replies to replies to replies etc... I can't figure out how to disable it. Thanks.

 

 

Go to the top post, under the new topic button is an "options" button. It should let you select different views from there.

 

That fixed it. Thanks!

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Typically I spot this just as I'm going to bed.

 

Looking forward to tomorrow though. Thanks nes6502. :)

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Wow! It took me a few minutes just to take all that in. :)

 

THANK YOU!!!

 

I'm amazed Final Burn has grown so much.

Edited by SG1000

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